Cement Masons Local 555

Handcuffs to Hardhats

A new program in Oregon gives women prisoners a chance to prove themselves in a skilled trade and enter promising career upon release.


Interviews with 12 local construction tradeswomen reveals, no surprise: They want the same chance to succeed.

Handcuffs to hardhats? 

Three locals are launching a pre-apprenticeship program for inmates in the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

Local 555 trailer stolen

Instructors at Cement Masons Local 555 training center are looking for a trailer. Their trailer.

Celebrating across the Generations

Cement Masons Local 555 and Plasterers Local 82 on Dec. 10 gathered to recognize newly graduated apprentices and longtime members.

Amazon shuts out union workers in Woodburn

Local building trade unions have been picketing the colossal construction site to protest out-of-state contractors and subpar wages.

CBS’ Tough As Nails casting Season 4

The reality show celebrates hard-working men and women who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty.

Journeyman card counts toward college credit

Mount Hood Community College has agreements with over a dozen union apprenticeship programs to award equivalent college credits.

Ready for prime time

A Portland building trades union member is a contestant on Season Two of CBS’  hit prime time reality show Tough as Nails.

Local cement mason competes in Season 2 of the CBS reality show Tough as Nails

Liz Nichols, a seven-year member of the Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons union, is one of 12 contestants on the show.

Green jobs, but not for you

Oregon construction unions say state-subsidized clean energy work is going to nonunion out-of-state firms and out-of-state crews.

Plasterers uncover wage theft at luxury apartments in Eugene

When building trades unions police abuses in the construction industry, they're defending all workers, not only their members.

TriMet awards transit project to union-signatory minority contractor

Raimore Construction will be the general contractor on the $60 million construction portion of the Division Transit Project, which will be the largest construction contract awarded to a minority contractor in Oregon history.

The next generation of Cement Masons

Cement Masons Local 555 and Plasterers Local 82 drew a record crowd of 243 to their annual holiday dinner.

Cement Masons and Plasterers celebrate at holiday party

Cement Masons Local 555 and Plasterers Local 82 recognized longtime members and graduating apprentices at their annual holiday dinner Dec. 2.

Brett Hinsley hired by Cement Masons international

Business agent Geoff Kossak was appointed by the Executive Board to complete Hinsley’s unexpired term as business manager.

Tragedy strikes Cement Masons Local 555 … again

Journeyman mason Maurice “Mo” Starks, a member of Local 555, was killed in a roll-over car crash on I-405 in Portland.

Construction workers building ‘the cloud’ in Central Oregon

Oregon east of the Cascades is becoming one of the world’s prime locations for data centers.

Union volunteers help build home for injured Iraq war veteran

Members of several trades unions were among scores of volunteers who helped build a new home for injured Iraq war veteran SPC Kevin Pannell. Pannell was serving in Iraq with the 1st Cavalry Division when he was severely injured on June 13, 2004.